OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators today announced their home game against the Washington Capitals at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 30, will be dedicated to the Canadian Forces (CF). In partnership with other local businesses, the Senators will host more than 1,500 of Canada's soldiers, sailors and air personnel. Canadian Forces family members will also be in attendance.
"The Ottawa Senators are proud to recognize the Canadian Forces," said Roy Mlakar, president and chief executive officer of the Ottawa Senators. "We honour them for their dedication, passion and professionalism in the defence of this nation, both at home and abroad."
"The Ottawa Senators Hockey Club will become the first Canadian team to showcase the Support Our Troops ribbon on its uniform. Once again, the Senators are leaders in paying tribute to the men and women of the Canadian Forces. On behalf of all Canadian Forces men and women, both here and abroad, I wish to thank all Ottawa Senators players, employees and management for this show of force in support of our troops," said Chief of Defence Staff General Rick Hillier.
The game opens with the national anthems sung by Lieutenant-Commander Gordon Thomson accompanied by the 20 members of the Central Band of the Canadian Forces. General Hillier, along with family members of the CF, will drop the puck for the ceremonial faceoff. Meanwhile, prior to puck drop and during intermissions, the Canadian Forces Combat Camera will be taping messages from Sens fans to the troops on the 200-level concourse.
During play, the videoboard will show messages from members of HMCS Ottawa and from Canadian Forces in Afghanistan. The Canadian Forces Personnel Support Agency (CFPSA) will operate a kiosk on the arena's 200 level throughout the game, where they will be selling Support our Troops merchandise.
In the first intermission, twelve atom house A and B minor hockey players, all children of Canadian Forces members, will participate in a relay race. During the second intermission, nine Canadian Forces hockey players from the army, navy and air force will compete in the Hockey Country Showdown skills competition. In addition, one lucky fan will win a pass for two at the end of the first period for a once-in-a-lifetime experience with the Canadian Forces.
All fans in attendance at the game are encouraged to wear red in support of the troops, while all Senators players will be sporting a Support our Troops ribbon on their helmets. The game will be broadcast on Rogers Sportsnet East and Comcast SportsNet for the Washington Capitals.
More than 3,000 Canadian soldiers, sailors and air force personnel are deployed overseas on operational missions. On any given day, about 8,000 Canadian Forces members - one third of our deployable force - are preparing for, engaged in or returning from an overseas mission.
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